November 28, 2012 - 2:14 PM
UPDATE: 8:50 a.m. Nov. 29
Police have arrested a 40-year-old man for uttering threats.
RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark says police found nothing at the scene, but charges were still warranted.
"The man allegedly uttered a threat that led the ministry official to believe that the building and its occupants were in danger," Clark says.
The man is due in court in February.
UPDATE: 2:52 p.m. Nov. 28
Police have confirmed that a bomb threat was received at the Ministry of Employment and Assistance at 130-1640 Dilworth Drive this afternoon. Police cordoned off the entire neighbourhood and evacuated employees at local businesses for almost an hour, when police tightened in on the ministry offices. Employees at Lordco AutoParts and XS Cargo were told they would not be allowed back in and customers were being sent away.
Const. Kris Clark said bomb sniffing dogs were combing through the area. He said he wasn't sure exactly how the threat was made, but that police did have a suspect. It is an offence to make a threat.
Stay with us for details.
UPDATE: 2:29 p.m. Nov. 28
Police have determined only two businesses and the ministry of employment building will remain closed in the area of the bomb threat. XS Cargo and Lordco Parts Ltd. employees will go home for the day. Traffic is starting to move again. RCMP remain at the scene and continue their investigation.
UPDATE: 2:22 p.m. Nov. 28
Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark is on the scene and says they have a suspect and are currently looking for him. He adds it's a criminal offence to make a threat like this.
All evacuated businesses in the area are closed and won't open until police deem it safe to do so.
2:21 p.m. Nov. 28
People in businesses on Dilworth Dr. have been evacuated from offices and commercial buildings while emergency crews investigate a bomb threat on a building located in the area.
Many are standing on the corner of Dilworth Dr. and Enterprise Way waiting to find out when they can return to work. Some of the businesses evacuated include XS Cargo and Lordco Parts Ltd.
Traffic is stopped in all directions as emergency crews investigate the threat. Cars are backed up and police are taking no chances with public safety.
Stay with us for more details as this breaking story develops.
(MARSHALL JONES /InfoTel Multimedia)
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